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Enjoyable Through and Through - 92%

SickeningDisplayOfViolence, September 25th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Unique Leader Records (Bandcamp)

With three full lengths and seven plus years under their belts, Cytotoxin have made quite a name for themselves in the realm of technical brutal savagery, and Gammageddon proves thoroughly that the attention is well deserved. Musicianship and production quality are masterful, of course, but these radiation-obsessed German brutes stand above their contemporaries in song structure and composition; an extremely refreshing quality in a genre saturated with masturbatory technicality.

If you're a fan of Spain's legendary Wormed or Belarusian bad asses Posthumous Blasphemer, you're in for a treat with Gammageddon. The album as a whole fits beautifully together, and clocking in at just under forty minutes, not a second is wasted. The first three tracks make for an absolutely punishing opener, followed by my personal favorite track, Chernopolis. This track is a perfect example of Ctyotoxin's aforementioned composition expertise. Too many bands want to make Vital Remains-length songs with no substance to fill those seven to ten minutes. Chernopolis is the longest track on Gammageddon by quite a margin, but it is varied in tempo and intensity throughout, keeping itself interesting.

Deadzone Outpost is a nice mid-album break, and really goes to show how much Cytotoxin care about telling a specific story. It's a fantastic transition into Redefining Zenith, featuring Sven de Caluwe of Aborted fame. This track is a testament to vocal variety, and not just because of good ol' Svencho. Vocalist Sebastian "Grimo" Grihm is a master of variety, reaching deep gutturals and ear-piercing pig squeals; a perfect match to his comrades' brutal technical onslaught.

Gammageddon is the full package: well-constructed, thoughtful songs that never spare the absolute crushing technicality and brutality that we've come to expect from Cytotoxin. Looking forward to many more grim tales of nuclear fallout!